Mt. Otis south of Havre – Large Sky Walker

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a brand new journey – I’ve been mountain climbing loads, however staying fairly near Hays, principally doing walks that I’ve already featured on this weblog. I’m nonetheless educating highschool science too, and I not too long ago began an archery program at Hays-Lodge Pole Excessive Faculty – each have stored me busy in a enjoyable type of means. Life is nice.

FYI – I’ve arrange a GoFundMe website for the archery program (see hyperlink under).

It’s a Hello-Line factor.
It had been a number of weeks since I ventured very removed from Hays, so I used to be trying ahead to going to Havre to purchase some groceries and decide up just a few supplies for lab actions. The sensation of anticipation jogged my memory of after I was an actual little child rising up in Harlem – we used to suppose Havre was the hub of civilization, and going there was a extremely huge deal. “BETTER BUYS AT BUTTREY’S” (fellow child boomers will get it). So long as I used to be within the space, I made a decision to drive down and take a look at Mt. Otis in Beavercreek Park, about 20 miles south of Havre (on Saturday Nov. 13, 2021).

Quick and candy.
The hike to the highest of Mt. Otis is simply two miles round-trip with 700 toes of elevation acquire – by far the simplest hike featured on this weblog up to now. It begins at a trailhead in Mooney Coulee and switch-backs up throughout the south facet of the mountain. A bench on the summit gives a pleasant spot to take a seat and revel in nice views of the encircling space. On a transparent day, you possibly can see the Candy Grass Hills north of Chester. It will be an important hike for households with younger youngsters, permitting them to expertise that “prime of the world feeling” – whetting their urge for food, with out overwhelming them. Should you go, I like to recommend the early fall when the aspen in Mooney Coulee are sporting their fall colours.

And also you thought I used to be loopy.
I needed to get some train, so I hiked up Otis 3 times earlier than heading again into the hub of civilization to do my buying. I used to be feeling fairly good about my exercise till a good friend (a lot youthful) instructed me that he as soon as parked his automobile on the base, hiked up Otis, ran down from the summit to the reservation line (on Beavercreek Highway) and again up Otis six occasions for a complete of 35 miles. He began at 9 PM and ended at 5 AM!

Under: This map marks hikes which were featured on up to now, together with a number of in Glacier Park – Choose full display to increase, zoom in for extra element, or click on on a marker for a hyperlink to the submit.